I’ve worked all week and have two more sessions today and tomorrow, so I’m just going to start posting new “business packaging / holiday packaging contest” entries as I can individually – make sure you scroll down to the previous entry to check so you don’t miss anything!
Up next is Heather Beadles of Heather Beadles Photography & Design…
I’ve struggled with knowing how to package large canvases so that (1) the client could easily get them home, (2) they would be cute and not in the shipping box, (3) not cost an arm and a leg, and (4) protect the canvases. So…I decided to get out my sewing machine and play. Besides, I LOVE burlap and floral fabrics!
This past weekend I made very rough-sewn bags out of cheap burlap and twill lining fabrics, along with a floral that matches my logo colors. I am NOT a great seamstress…I even sewed the seams on the outside…burlap on the outside, the twill on the inside! My logo is printed onto printable fabric 8.5×11 fabric sheets and sewn on. I got everything at Hobby Lobby. I’m not totally happy with the ribbons….but didn’t have time to order a darker red grosgrain ribbon to match. The fabric “envelopes” were a cinch and perfect for DVD cases, prints (all of which are in plastic from Clear Bags), and albums.
Honestly, the bags took me too much time, but I wrote down my dimensions and next time it will go a lot quicker. (A rotary cutter / mat is a must!). I’m able to do this because I limit my sessions to only 2-3 per month right now. When I start getting busier (i.e., when the kids are in school), I’ll probably hire someone to mass-produce these. My prices are high enough that I feel like if I’m selling an album or canvas for $1000+, the least I can do is provide a cute bag. My clients have LOVED them and are using them for other things…all while carrying my logo around town! My marketing/branding hopefully communicates very custom photography, so these really fit because they are custom made.
In the photograph, the largest bag is for a 20×30 gallery wrapped canvas. The other two medium-sized bags are for a 16×16 and 16×20 canvas. I left the canvases in the plastic and the sheet of foam that they were shipped in for even more protection. I love how they turned out!
See photos shown above larger here…
Wow Heather – I love this idea! They look fantastic!
If you’d like to enter the contest – the awesome prizes are a $20 gift certificate to Paper Source and a $100 gift certificate to HB Photo Packaging – send in one (or more) photos of your business packaging. It can be your everyday packaging, something special for the holidays, or both!
Happy wrapping! Send photos to Robyn [robyn AT paperieboutique DOT com] thru Tuesday, November 30th.
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